Calum Maclean on Wild Swimming & Scottish Gaelic
Calum Maclean on Wild Swimming & Scottish Gaelic

Calum Maclean on Wild Swimming & Scottish Gaelic

Episode 30 (Season 3): Outdoor Swimming & Scottish Gaelic with Calum Maclean

Join me for a conversation about outdoor swimming, water safety, speaking Scottish Gaelic and where to turn if you want to learn it too, with Calum Maclean.

Calum Maclean is an experienced outdoor swimmer, a talented broadcaster and a native Gaelic speaker. In his work, he often combines all three of these skills, creating videos that combine adventure, entertainment and education to teach others about Gaelic words, water safety or responsible behaviour in the great outdoors.

For a taste of what an adventure with Calum might look like, listen to last week’s episode ‘Uisge‘.

Listen to my conversation with Calum in which we cover…

  • How he got into outdoor swimming in Scotland,
  • Water safety and tips for beginners,
  • Growing up with Scottish Gaelic as a first language,
  • How Gaelic influences his perception of the landscape,
  • And where you can learn Gaelic too.

Plus, you get to hear me making a fool of myself as I try to pronounce some basic Gaelic words and phrases.

Connect with Calum on Instagram @caldamac or TikTok @caldamac.

Pre-order Calum’s book 1001 Outdoor Swimming Tips from Vertebrate Publishing.

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Written and hosted by Kathi Kamleitner.
Produced, edited and sound design by Fran Turauskis.
Transcripts and social media by Michelle Payne.
Cover Art illustrated by Lizzie Vaughan-Knight.
All original music composed by Bruce Wallace.
Additional sound effects from Zapsplat.
All photographs by Kathi Kamleitner.


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